NPR : International (99)

The Ramifications Of Using A Chemical Weapon In Kim Jong Nam's Assassination

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Georgetown University Asia expert Victor Cha about the global repercussions of the deadly nerve gas attack on Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's dictator.

For Barcelona Activist Turned Mayor, The Anti-Corruption Goals Stay The Same

Ada Colau is a former Occupy activist, once arrested for blocking home evictions during Spain's economic crisis. Now she's Barcelona's mayor, a job in which, she says, "you're closest to the people."

As He Retires, U.S. Diplomat Delivers Message That 'Values Have Power'

Daniel Fried, who retired Friday from the State Department, helped shape U.S. policy in Europe over a 40-year career. "I learned never to underestimate the possibility of change," he told colleagues.

Deported With A Valid U.S. Visa, Jordanian Says Message Is 'You're Not Welcome'

He landed in Chicago for a graduation celebration trip after President Trump's travel ban took effect on citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries. He was held overnight in a cell and then sent back.

Trump Administration Weighs Increased Scrutiny Of Refugees' Social Media

The Obama administration began checking social media accounts of prospective Syrian refugees more than a year ago. Such steps could expand as President Trump prepares a new executive order on vetting.

Nigerian President's Long Absence Comes Amid Major Economic Crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari left for London Jan. 19. His government insists he's "hale and hearty," but speculation is rife that he may be suffering from prostate cancer, memory loss or other ailments.

David Oyelowo On The Real 'United Kingdom' Marriage And Its Diplomatic Fallout

The film tells the story of Ruth Williams, a London typist, and Seretse Khama, heir to the throne of modern-day Botswana. In 1948, their interracial marriage sparked a political firestorm.

Nigerian President's Long Absence Comes Amid Major Economic Crisis

Nigeria's president went to London in January and hasn't been back home. His government says the 74-year-old is in good health but Nigerians worry he's ill at a time the country faces big problems.

The Problem With That Video Of Tigers Squaring Off With A Drone

The enclosure in China's Heilongjiang province, where the drone video was filmed, has been accused of keeping animals in "deplorable conditions."

VX: The Nerve Agent Used To Kill Kim Jong Nam Is Rare And Deadly

A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.

Car Bomb Kills More Than 50 People Near Syrian Town Captured From ISIS

At least 34 of the dead reportedly were civilians. The blast happened just north of al-Bab, at a checkpoint crowded with people who had fled the fighting and were preparing to return to their homes.

WATCH: 2 Table Tennis Titleholders Have Epic, 766-Shot Rally

Li Jie and Hitomi Sato met at the Qatar Open on Thursday and wound up in a battle of wills that lasted more than 10 minutes and perhaps defied the average human ability to focus.

For Britain's Crumbling Parliament, Renovation Will Be Costly And Take Years

Most of the infrastructure dates to the end of World War II, and is either a jumble or in decay. The complex is riddled with asbestos. Renovation could force lawmakers to work elsewhere for years.

#CuriousGoat: What's A Good Exit Strategy For A Charity?

It's easy for a humanitarian group to go into a country with ambitious goals. It's tougher to figure out how to walk away.

Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably

Scientists found that bumblebees are nimble learners, especially when there's a sugary reward at the end. No wonder they're such good pollinators.

A Postcard From Rio De Janeiro As Brazil Begins Carnival

Friday marks the start of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. We set out to discover if Brazil's tradition of wild street parties and lavish costume parades is actually a form of collective therapy.

Lawyer Calls For Fate Of Prisoners To Be Included In Syria Peace Talks

Activists say more than 300,000 people have been detained over the course of Syria's civil war. A Syrian lawyer is trying to get the plight of detainees on the agenda at peace talks.

Attacks On Foreigners On The Rise In South Africa

Attacks on foreigners and foreign-owned businesses are once again increasing in South Africa. Dozens were killed in similar waves of xenophobia in 2008 and 2015.

A U.S. Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS

As the war against ISIS enters a tough new phase, a visit with Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the senior American commander in Iraq, shows his coalition troops deeply involved in the fight.

A Citizens' Petition Calls For A New French President: Barack Obama

He's got "the best resume in the world for the job," according to the "Obama 2017" campaign. They even have a slogan: "Oui on peut!" . Some 27,000 people are on board.

Russian Defense Minister Says His Military Has Tested 162 Weapons In Syria

Sergei Shoigu praised Russia's military prowess in Syria, noting that of 162 weapons tested, 10 performed below expectations. Human rights groups say Russia's campaign has come at a horrific cost.

Jordanian Man Deported During First Days Of Trump's Travel Ban

A Jordanian man was one of scores who lawyers say was coerced into giving up his visa at a U.S. airport during the first days of President Trump's travel restrictions. He's back in Amman.

On Tillerson And Kelly Visit, Mexico Seeks 'Clarity' On Immigration Proposals

Just days after the Department of Homeland Security detailed how it will implement President Trump's policies, Mexican officials warned Thursday they would not accept "measures imposed unilaterally."

Russian Defense Minister Praises Military Achievements In Syria

Russia's defense minister says his country has been able to test more than 160 new weapons in Syria, while human rights activists accuse the Kremlin of war crimes.

Trump Sends Top Aides To Mexico Amid Tensions With U.S.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Mexico to discuss issues including border security, trade and fractious relations between the two neighboring countries.

Trump Directs Agencies To Identify How Much Aid The U.S. Gives Mexico

President Trump has directed the heads of all executive departments and agencies to identify all funds given to Mexico. NPR takes a look at the exact amount of those funds and how that figure compares to the cost of building a wall on the southern U.S. border.

When Argentina Elected A Populist President, Some Companies Left The Country

A charismatic populist president in Argentina wanted to boost manufacturing and create jobs. So she told companies that if they wanted to sell their products in Argentina, they had to build them there, too.

After Being Deported Under Travel Ban, Jordanian Man Awaits U.S. Court Ruling

A Jordanian man was one of scores who lawyers say was coerced into giving up his legal visa to the U.S. in order to get out of detention at a U.S. airport during the first hours of travel restrictions. He's back in Amman, while his case is heard in U.S. courts.

These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

Three of the five films in the documentary short category show Syrians affected by the years-long conflict, including a group of civilian rescue volunteers, fleeing refugees and a resettled family.

Amid U.S.-Mexico Strains, Tillerson And Kelly Take On 'Tough Trip'

Talks between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly with their Mexican counterparts were intended to smooth out growing tensions between the two countries.

WATCH: In The War Between Tigers And Drone, Chalk One Up For Tigers

Sure they might be chubby — to put it charitably — but they're still tigers. And when Chinese zookeepers mobilized a drone to get them some exercise, the big cats had little trouble bringing it down.

Legislator Aims To Stop The Million Dollar Wedding

Wealthy families in India spend a lot on weddings. So do lower income families. A member of Parliament is proposing a bill that would tax the rich and help the poor.

Fight For Mosul Moves Westward And Centers On City's Airport

Inside western Mosul, a resident tells NPR that ISIS has forced residents to knock holes in their houses to create tunnels for the militants to use.

A Look At U.S.-Mexico Relations As Tillerson And Kelly Meet With Mexican Officials

Trump Cabinet members Rex Tillerson and John Kelly are meeting with officials in Mexico. Antonio Ortiz-Mena of Albright Stonebridge Group discusses U.S.-Mexico relations under President Trump.

German City Council Wants Meat At Vegetarian Festival

An environmental group is holding a vegetarian festival on Earth Day. But members of the German city's council want the group to serve local meat at the event.

Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

Sen. McCain Makes Unannounced Trip To Syria To Meet With U.S. Forces

John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, went to Syria last week to discuss the campaign for defeating militants from the Islamic State.

A Look At U.S.-Mexico Relations As Tillerson And Kelly Meet With Mexican Officials

Trump Cabinet members Rex Tillerson and John Kelly are meeting with officials in Mexico. Antonio Ortiz-Mena of Albright Stoneridge Group discusses U.S.-Mexico relations under President Trump.

Cressida Dick Named Scotland Yard's First Female Top Cop

Cressida Dick, 56, a former beat cop in London's West End, on Wednesday was named the first female police commissioner in the organization's 188-year history.

In Israel, Some Wonder Where The Outrage Is Over U.S. Anti-Semitic Acts

Some Israelis criticize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for offering a less forceful response to anti-Semitic acts in the U.S. than elsewhere. Some say he wants to keep pressure off President Trump.

Syrian Country Band Criticizes Trump's Travel Ban In New Song

There's a country music band based in Istanbul with Syrians and Americans. Their latest tune is about President Trump's immigration order.

Kenya's Censorship King: Head Of Film Board Accused Of Overstepping

Ezekiel Mutua is the head of Kenya's film board. He's really just supposed to rate films and other media. But over the past year, he has undertaken a censorship crusade expanding his mandate into the Internet, music and even forcing the cancellation of a lesbian speed-dating event.

Trump's Conflicts Could Undercut Global Efforts To Fight Corruption, Critics Say

The global fight against government corruption has often been led by the U.S., but those in the movement's trenches worry that signals being sent by the Trump administration could undercut the effort.

McMaster, An Iconoclast, Confronts A Job Bound By Political Realities

How much can President Trump and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster really deviate from Barack Obama's strategies?

Court Blocks South Africa's Withdrawal From International Criminal Court

In a blow to the government, the court ruled that the executive didn't have the power to order a withdrawal without prior parliamentary approval and questioned the "unexplained haste" to quit the ICC.

At 40, Paris' Pompidou Center Is Still 'An Unexpected Trip'

The modern art museum, which opened on Jan. 31, 1977, holds a secure place in the heart of Paris — and in Parisians' hearts. But it wasn't always so. Horrified critics compared it to an oil refinery.

North Korean Diplomat Joins List Of Suspects In Kim Jong Nam's Death

It's the latest twist in the inquiry into the killing of Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, who died 10 days ago shortly after being approached by two women at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Muslim Leader In Nigeria Links Polygamy To Poverty And Terrorism

Emir Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II says he's working with Islamic scholars to draft a law discouraging men from marrying multiple wives if they cannot afford to educate large families.

Canada Continues To Accept Asylum Seekers From The U.S.

The Canada Border Services Agency last month saw 452 asylum seekers in Quebec. A lot of those people are crossing into Canada from the United States.

Egypt's Beloved Koshary Is A Modern Mystery In An Ancient Cuisine

Widely considered the national dish, no one knows quite where it came from. But you can find this flavorful carb-packed treat anywhere from mama's kitchen to food carts and elaborate eateries.